November 2000 News

Militants out to sabotage peace: DGP

30 November 2000
The Hindu
Our Special Correspondent

JAMMU: Militants, whose number has been put at 3,500 across Jammu and Kashmir, will try their best to disrupt the peace process which has just set in. But the security forces are fully geared up to tackle the situation and foil their plans, the newly appointed Director-General of Police, Mr. A.K. Suri, said in his maiden interaction with mediapersons here on ThUSAay. ''Militants have not accepted the ceasefire,'' Mr. Suri said, adding ''we have intelligence reports that they will try to disrupt the peace process''. Only yesterday two major incidents were averted when IEDs were defused in Srinagar and Pulwama. Mr. Suri said that people in the State yearned for peace and ''we will do our best to achieve that goal''. Citing today''s incident of shootout in Baramulla in which two BSF jawans were killed, the DGP said ''they will continue to provoke but we are committed to ceasefire''. APHC alleges violation A spokesman of the All-Party Hurriyat Conference has alleged violation of the ceasefire by security forces. In a statement issued in Srinagar, the spokesman said the security forces raided a locality Sajian in Poonch and killed two civilians, Ghulam Rasool and Ali Mohammad, besides injuring several others. In Fazalabad one woman Naseema was shot dead by the forces, he said, adding ''the reign of terror across the State continues unabated''. PTI reports: In New Delhi, the APHC offered to ''help'' start negotiations if the Centre was ''serious'' about restoration of peace in the State. The Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chairman and senior Hurriyat leader, Mr. Yaseen Malik, said the Hurriyat leaders were even ready to go to Pakistan and initiate dialogue with other militant leaders and the Pakistan Government. However, Mr. Malik, participating in a television programme, said this could be possible only after the Centre provided him and his other associates with travel documents. While former APHC chairman, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, is the only one with a valid travel document, passports of other associates have either been cancelled or are conditional. Hope Pak. responds: U.S. The United States hopes that Pakistan will respond positively to the unilateral peace initiative and there will be ''some movement'' in addressing the ''tragic situation'' during the Ramzan ceasefire in the State. ''We hope Pakistan will acknowledge it (peace initiative) and respond positively,'' the visiting U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia, Mr. Karl Inderfurth, told reporters here. Initial statements from Islamabad after the peace offer had held out that Pakistan would watch the developments carefully. ''We think that should be done,'' he said. Stating there was a ''growing constituency'' for peace, he said Washington hoped that New Delhi''s offer will lead to a dialogue with all the parties. Mr. Inderfurth, on a farewell visit to the subcontinent, made it clear that the institutionalised dialogue set in motion by U.S. President was well in place and ''will be carried into the new administration''.


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